BALYO to Display Robotic Automation for High Bay Storage at ProMat 2023

BALYO, which provides technology to turn standard forklifts into mobile robots, will display its reach truck and software in Chicago.


BALYO will exhibit its REACHY robot and software for materials handling at ProMat 2023.
BALYO, whose high-bay storage robots include autonomous forklifts and an alternative to automated storage and retrieval systems, will provide demonstrations and experts at ProMat.

BALYO SA, which specializes in transforming standard forklifts into driverless robots, today announced that it will be attending ProMat 2023. Robotics experts will be at the company's exhibit in Booth N8710 to discuss its full line of autonomous systems. BALYO said it will reveal the simple path to automation for high-bay storage. 

“Smart companies are scaling up, not out,” said Mark Stevenson, chief sales officer at BALYO. “The only way to safely and efficiently be part of this vertical revolution in materials handling is to automate the storage and retrieval of goods.”

Pallet movements in distribution centers and factories should be left to fully autonomous mobile robots, freeing people to have more enriching and creative jobs, said Ivry-Sur-Seine, France-based BALYO. The company said its Driven by Balyo technology turns forklifts into robots, and its guidance system enables robots to locate their position and autonomously navigate indoors without any additional infrastructure.

Speed leads to shift to high-bay storage

In addition to saving space, the shift to high-bay storage promises to increase the speed of materials movement, the flexibility of warehouse designs, and the safety from using automated systems, said BALYO. 

BALYO REACHY high-bay lift truck

REACHY is designed to help optimize storage space. Source: BALYO

“BALYO robots can be operated both fully manually and autonomously, bridging the perceived gap between whether to use people or technology,” noted Stevenson. “This frees up people to focus on improving operations and other truly value-added activities. In this way, our technology is being used to vastly improve people’s working lives.”

The company said it will show its line of high-bay storage robots at ProMat 2023 next month in Chicago.

BALYO's products include the REACHY robotic truck, which can pick pallets of up to 1.5 tons to a height of 37 ft. (11.2 m) and achieve a 360° turn in only 9.9 ft. (3 m). It claimed that REACHY has the narrowest in-aisle turning space for high-reach robotic forklifts.

In addition, the company offers systems including stackers, counter-balanced robots, tuggers, pallet jacks, and a very narrow aisle (VNA) robot that can reach heights of 55 ft. (16.7 m). 

BALYO to also show software

BALYO said it developed its software nearly 20 years ago “with the aim of turning standard electric trucks into standalone intelligent robots.” The company said it hopes this will help overcome the reluctance of some operators to adopt automation and realize its benefits.

The company, which has operations in Boston, Singapore, China, and Australia, will also demonstrate tools such BALYO eBudget for scoping robotic projects and BALYO Road Editor for making mission management a “drag-and-drop experience.”

“The shift to robotic operations just makes sense, from overcoming labor challenges, to safety, to ROI [return on investment]— all the numbers add up,” Stevenson said. ”The biggest thing that holds organizations back is the fear of complicated change, time to deploy, and disruption.” 

“BALYO is ready to show that there’s nothing to fear,” he added. “Our standard solutions can be deployed in weeks, not months, and our simple tools are designed to allow users to do much of it themselves. It’s easy to simply change.” 

To accelerate the materials handling market conversion to autonomy, BALYO said it has entered into two global partnerships with Hyster-Yale Group and KION, the parent company of Fenwick-Linde. The company has been listed on EURONEXT since 2017, and its sales revenue reached €21.8 million ($23.1 million U.S.) in 2021.

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BALYO offers robotics for very narrow aisles.

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BALYO will exhibit its REACHY robot and software for materials handling at ProMat 2023.

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